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Civil Rights Summit this week in Austin

50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014 4:30 am

Local residents might have some trouble attending the Civil Rights Summit in Austin this week.

Yannis Banks, a Killeen resident and NAACP member, tried to attend, but had no luck.

“I couldn’t get tickets. I went to their website at 9:58 and then by 10:02 it said sold out. And I was like, ‘Wait, what?’” Banks said.

Taking place Tuesday through Thursday at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, the event will mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Although tickets are sold out, the event will stream live at CivilRightsSummit.org. Schedules and discussions vary daily, but start about noon and end before 8 p.m.

Three past presidents — Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — as well as President Barack Obama will give keynote addresses at the summit.

Other notable speakers include San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Mavis Staples, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash, Hall of Fame NBA star Bill Russell, Hall of Fame NFL running back Jim Brown, former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond and former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

Speakers will discuss immigration, education, women’s rights and social justice issues in a forum-like setup.

They also will debate music’s role in the social consciousness and today’s sports issues and present firsthand accounts of the civil rights movement, as well as many other subjects.

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